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#esa describes accurately how data from satellites such as ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission – or SMOS – can be used to predict locust plagues.

#isardSAT is proud to be part of the team with international partners from Algeria, France, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
#Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert #locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security.

Desert locusts are a type of grasshopper found primarily in the Sahara, across the Arabian Peninsula and into India. The insect is usually harmless, but when they swarm they can migrate across long distances and cause widespread crop damage. #EarthObservation
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Sentinel 6/Jason-CS Poseidon 4 L1 Ground Processor Prototype

An operational oceanography programme of two satellites that will ensure continuity to the Jason series of operational missions.

isardSAT is developing the Ground Prototype Processor for the Poseidon-4. This prototype processes all the chains starting from the Instrument Source Packets, and up to the Level 1B (calibrated pulse-width limited or multi-looked SAR data). The prototype has been verified using simulated data generated by the Sentinel 6/Jason-CS mission performance simulator and also using in-orbit CryoSat data adapted in format to Jason-CS. These data have been provided by ESA.

#sentinel6 #esa #space #EarthObservation #Satellites

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Sentinel-3 for oceans

Covering 70% of the planet, the oceans are directly linked to our weather and climate. They are also essential for global transport and provide a wealth of resources. What happens far out to sea has a direct effect on societies all over the world. Sentinel-3 provides crucial observations of our oceans, helping us to understand the overall health of our planet.

#sentinel3 #esa #space #Satellites

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First image of Sentinel-3

Captured at 14:09 GMT on 29 February 2016 just two weeks after launch, the first image from the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite shows the transition from day to night over Svalbard, Norway. As well as showing the snow-covered archipelago, the image also details Arctic sea ice and some cloud features. The image was taken by the satellite’s Ocean and Land Colour Instrument, which features 21 distinct bands, a resolution of 300 m and a swath width of 1270 km. The instrument’s new eyes on Earth will allow ocean ecosystems to be monitored, support vegetation, crop conditions and inland water monitoring. It will also provide estimates of atmospheric aerosol and clouds, all of which bring significant benefits to society through more informed decision-making. Sentinel-3A’s instrument package also includes a Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer, a Synthetic Aperture Radar Altimeter and a Microwave Radiometer.

#sentinel3 #esa #space #Satellites
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Video of Sentinel-3A launch – the first in the two-satellite Sentinel-3 mission – lifted off on a Rockot launcher from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET) on 16 February 2016.

#sentinel3 #esa #space #Satellites

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